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Building Healthy Communities in Bihar, India

By Doris Olafsen

There was truly a sense that we had been transported to India as the 100 people invited for dinner, gathered at Vikram Vij’s My Shanti restaurant in White Rock on April 26, 2017. There was a joyful chaos and a real sense of connection from the moment the doors opened and Vikram welcomed each and every guest that had been invited to Opportunity International Canada’s fundraiser for a very special project in Bihar, India.

The theme for the evening? “Generosity breeds Generosity” was demonstrated in the words and actions of  Vikram, Mark & Lynn DuMerton and The Tamara Foundation. And it is that generosity that has raised $172,000 thus far to “Stop the Silence” in Bihar. Commitments are still being made and The Tamara Foundation has said, “Let’s wait a week before we make our match!” That kindness and the generosity of our sponsors, M&L Painting, The Trading Post Brewery and a private family foundation, made it possible for us to gift the evening meal and Vikram’s memoirs, “VIJ” to our guests.

We were thrilled to have Iti from Mehndi Designs, provide Hennas for almost all the women and grateful that some special moments were captured in still and video footage by Boldfish Video. A special thank you to Lauri Thompson, Erika Enns, Melissa Affleck and Martha Arias for participating in the monologue and making a very touchy subject, very real.

Read more about our project in Bihar, India. 

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